Before departing for the Christmas and New Year’s school break, the Cathedral High School community gathered to celebrate an Advent Mass in the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.
Episcopal Vicar of the Central Region in the Archdiocese of Boston, Very Rev. James Flavin, was the principal celebrant and Cathedral Rector and School Trustee, Very Rev. Kevin J. O’Leary, concelebrated.
The Gospel reading of the day recounted the angel who appeared to Saint Joseph and reassured him of God’s plan. Trusting in the Lord, Joseph did as the angel instructed. Fr. Flavin spoke to the Cathedral community during his homily about the struggles of the Holy Family, drawing parallels to their own lives, and imploring all to follow the model of Joseph and Mary in trusting in the Lord’s providence.
As the assembly sang traditional hymns of Advent in anticipation of the Nativity of the Savior, the students and staff were joined by alumni, including Roger Scott ’64, president of the CHS Alumni Association, and the Superintendent of Catholic Schools Kathy Mears.
The Mass celebrated was for the Friday of the third Sunday of Advent. Cathedral students assisted at the altar and proclaimed the reading and prayers of intercession, while alumni and staff assisted the celebrants as Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Communion.
Leo Abbott, music director of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross served as organist. The assembly was led in song by cantor Jessica Rost, soprano section leader at the Cathedral.